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Seattle PD Now Issues Verbal Warnings for Public Marijuana

December 06, 2012  | 

Seattle Space Needle. Photo via N i c o_/Flickr.
Seattle Space Needle. Photo via N i c o_/Flickr.

The Seattle Police Department advised its officers to issue verbal warnings to subjects who use marijuana in public, ahead of Washington's marijuana legalization measure going into affect today.

Initiative 502, which was approved Nov. 6 by 55% of voters, allows state residents to use up to an ounce in the privacy of their own homes.

In an e-mail to officers, the department advised its officers to "not take any enforcement action—other than to issue a verbal warning—for a violation of I-502."

Related:

Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana


Comments (7)

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 12/6/2012 4:35 PM

that will stop pot use in it's tracks. i winder if murder in progress calls get priority.

Tom Ret @ 12/6/2012 4:56 PM

I predict that most SPD officers will just ignore it as giving warnings is a waste of time. This legalization will bring with it a lot of problems. Of course, the potheads don't think so or care as their prime concern is getting high. Whether it affects others is inconsequential to them.

michael @ 12/6/2012 5:10 PM

Really, this is just the start for all of us. Soon people will be doing a line of coke or smoking crack and it will be a written notice or maybe a written warning. Seattle, the toilet is flushing and guess who is in it?

9878 @ 12/6/2012 6:13 PM

Hey "Verbal Warnings" have worked with keeping illegal aliens from entering this country...

Bob @ VA @ 12/7/2012 4:40 AM

Just wait until the carnage comes on the roads.

Todd Hankins @ 12/7/2012 10:16 AM

So the same folks that have nearly crimalized cigarette smoking has now legalized marijuana smoking. Have they taken into consideration SECOND HAND SMOKE? What about those of us that HAVE JOBS and are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing? Are we living in bizarro world now?

Kurt in Wy0 @ 12/7/2012 2:13 PM

Please keep that stuff in CO or WA.

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